A blog about teen fiction author Stasia Ward Kehoe, craft of writing, and work-life balance. When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional. Told through free-verse poetry, Kehoe’s first novel about an aspiring ballerina pairs Audition. Stasia Ward Kehoe. Viking, $ (p) ISBN.

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I really don’t want to read about it. There were not many moments of comic relief, lightness staia joy shining through. Legally, the Mandranos could have been held responsible for child neglect depending on the age of consent laws in the state. Posted by S Ztasia at 7: Hardly any other form could do it justice; as the movement is poetry in and of itself, it needs no more explanation than the art you make and the things you feel.

Kehoe, Stasia Ward: Audition.

Get to Know Us. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Ajdition never said what was on her mind. In the midst of so much change and personal upheaval, Sara has to start thinking of herself outside of dancing, in order to know who she really is. At first, she loves being Rem’s muse, but as she discovers a surprising passion for writing, she begins to question whether she’s chosen the right path.

Deep down, I have always known that the best way to write about dance is through poetry. This debut novel in verse is as intense and romantic as it is eloquent. On the flipside, the sparse wording did give me a sense of weightlessness while reading. Dancing, school, writing, friends.


I totally internalized Sara’s struggles with fitting in, establishing her presence at a new school both socially and as a dancer, and of course the central romance of the novel, her relationship with an older choreographer. So when she wins a scholarship to a ballet school, it seems like her dreams are right on track. She grows and begins to understand herself after being with Rem, and the revelations and in-betweens are what would push me to re-read this.

April Henrycreative writingJustine Larbalestierscrivenerwriting life stasiw, young adult novels. Or was it because dance came to her naturally?

It is not a happy, giddy love story. Even then, I would have liked more developmentof at least one of them. Nancy Springer and Serena Blasco. I think a huge reason for the easy adaptability to the style is Stasia’s mastery with it. I never felt connected to Rem at all.

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All of the characters had a place, a role to play. Oct 31, Wendy rated it it was ok. Her relationship with the elusive Rem is more mature and pushed more boundaries than usually found in Audiion books. But what I liked so much about reading these two books is the synergy between them.

She’s always wanted to be a prima ballerina, but she has doubts. Then we warf also just talk about how flat all of the characters are. And one day he invites her to the diner, k This book was just okay for me. Stay in Touch Sign up.

Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

I liked reading about Sara in the moment, but as I write this, it has been almost 3 weeks since I’ve completed the book, so she no longer sticks out.


The basic plot of the book was that Sara goes away to ballet school for a year, all of these qard happen, wadr then she leaves the situation a different person. Posted by S Kehoe at 8: He is rewarded for these new moves, yet once Sara finds out she is angry. She just sort of went through the motions of life, doing whatever anybody else told her to do.

Everything in this book was centered around Sara, the main character. Nov 06, Heather rated it did not like it Shelves: This was an amazing verse novel and I eagerly wait for Stasia Ward Kehoe’s sophomore debut! The whole thing was about a 22 year old male and a 16 year old dancer having a regular and lengthy sexual relationship with no consequences.

Stasia Ward Kehoe

Somehow the confluence of rhythmic prose, daffodils, and mathematical percentages always leads me to reconsider the path of the fiction writer. Honestly though, the relationship did not seem that scandalous. She’s living with her Spanish dancing audigion, an older man [Remington] is using her as a museshe’s stuck with younger girls in her class due to her country-bumpkin-ness.